Azure – Windows Virtual Desktop is now available in preview

After having being announced some time ago, the Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD)  solution is now available in preview. Based on Windows 10 operating system, this delivers multi-user session on Windows 10, quick scalability and supports Windows Server Remote Desktop Service apps. Windows Virtual Desktop is free is you have Microsoft 365 E3, E5 or F1 or Windows E3 or E5 licenses. Only the virtual machine resources (storage and compute) consumed…

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Intune – You can now rename Windows 10 devices from the Intune portal

The latest Intune updates introduce the ability to rename Windows 10 devices (1809 [aka RS4] and later). When using the feature, the next time the Windows 10 client connects to Intune his name will be changed. To start using it, logon to your Intune tenant either from the Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com) or your Devices Management portal (https://devicemanagement.microsoft.com/) and go to the Devices blade Then select All Devices and locate the…

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SCCM/MDT – The latest version of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is available

After few months of waiting, the latest version (8456) of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) is now available for download. This version provides support for Windows 10 1809 and Windows Server 2019. You can get it from https://aka.ms/mdtdownload As always, you will have to update your existing MDT share and/or the SCCM integration.

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Intune – Group Policy is coming in Intune (preview)

The latest update on Intune is providing (in preview) the ability to configure group policy (GPO) for Windows 10 devices. This is not (yet?) the exact group policy we have in Active Directory but the idea is the same and based on the well known Administrative Templates (ADM/ADMX). NOTE this is currently not supported for co-managed device (aka Azure AD joined devices managed with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)) but…

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SCCM – Offline servicing for Windows Server 2019 is not working

If you use System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to manage updates deployment, OS deployment and additionally keeping up to date your OS image (WIM), you need to know that SCCM offline servicing is incorrectly detecting Windows Server 2019 WIM image as Windows Server 2016. This has been confirmed as a bug in SCCM and should be fixed with the next SCCM update. In the interim you can either continue to…

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Azure – Azure Backup Server now support SQL 2017 and Windows Server 2019

Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS) v3 now support SQL 2017 workloads and can be installed on Windows Server 2019. In addition MABS v3 introduces support for TLS 1.2 and support for VMware VM backup (vCenter and ESXi 6.5 and auto-protection when new VMWare VM’s are added to a protected folder) You can get here https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-azure-microsoft-azure-backup#software-package to know how to upgrade to MABS v3.

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Intune / Windows 10 – You can refresh a device while keeping it enrolled

This has been available for few months already but apparently was not quite known. Since last August 2018, you can now request to refresh an enrolled Windows 10 (1703 and later) from Intune. The refresh option – called Fresh Start – will remove all preinstalled application while keeping the device enrolled. It is important to Retain the user data if you want to keep the device enrolled (Azure AD Joined,…

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Intune / Windows 10 – You can now configure the Delivery Optimization for Windows Update

The latest Intune update allows you to configure the Delivery Optimization for Windows Update in Windows 10/Windows Server 2019 (yes, Delivery Optimization is also available on Windows Server 2019 ) Do configure the Delivery Optimization you need to create a new Device Profile for Windows 10 or Later and then choose the Delivery Optimization profile type, then you can define how the Delivery Optimization will work – from HTTP only…

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SCCM – Use Autopilot when deploying OS

Following the availability of the new SCCM Current Branch build (1810), it is now possible to use the built-in SCCM task sequence to use Autopilot when deploying OS. To use it, you need to create an SCCM package which will contains the Autopilot settings and use the SCCM tasks sequence (this is not available for MDT integrated task sequence) and choose the Deploy Windows Autopilot for existing devices To create…

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Windows – Windows 10 1809 and Windows Server 2019 are available again

After a little bit more than a month and half after quickly pulling out Windows 10 1809 and Windows Server 2019, they are now available again through the usual channels: MSDN (by the end of this week), VLC, Media Creation tool or WindowsUpdate (this one may take a little bit more time to be available to everyone). In addition, some additional complements: Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows…

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Intune – You can now get Windows 10 join an Active Directory Domain (preview)

It has been quite a limitation so far for Windows 10 managed with Intune; it was impossible to get them to join an Active Directory domain using Autopilot, making these devices Azure AD Hybrid joined devices. Now (currently in preview – so there could be some glitch and may change), you can assign an Intune profile to your Windows 10 devices to join your Active Directory domain. Off course, to…

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Windows Server 2019 – You can now easily redirect HTTP requests to HTTPS

With Windows Server 2019 (and Windows 10 1809), IIS 10 comes with a new capability called HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS). This capability is simplifying the implementation of HTTP to HTTPS redirect. With previous version of IIS, you had to implement either HTTP Redirect Module (with the down side of 2 separate IIS website) or using URL Rewrite Module to get any HTTP request being redirected to HTTPS. Now, by…

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Intune – You can now assign Windows Autopilot profile to already registered clients

As you may already know Windows Autopilot simplifies Windows 10 device enrollment to Azure Active Directory (AAD) and providing seamless user experience. One of the problem with Windows Autopilot was if your already have Windows 10 devices registered to your Azure AD, you were not able to assign an Autopilot profile. With the latest update on Intune, you can now update your Autopilot policy to apply the policy also on…

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Intune – Display an enrollment status page

With the latest Intune update, you can now display an enrollment status page after a Windows 10 device has been registered. The page will let your end-users know what is happening while their device is finalizing the registration process. To do so, you first need to enable the feature in Intune Connect to your Azure portal and reach out the Intune configuration blade Then reach out the Device Enrollment\Windows Enrollment…

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